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Clean up begins at Corps parks damaged in August storm

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
As a result of the microburst over Lake Lanier in early August, the Corps of Engineers closed several parks around the lake. The bulk of the damage was from felled trees and extreme amounts of rainfall. In some cases, park infrastructure was also compromised. 
 
Van Pugh North Park has been fully closed because of damage to trees, some that were uprooted and others that lost limbs. Vanns Tavern and Two Mile Creek parks have been partially closed. The day-use/picnic area of Burton Mill is closed, but the boat ramp remains open.
 
“We have requested funding and hope to start clean-up of these parks by late September,” said Tim Rainey, operations project manager at Lake Lanier. “We will work as quickly as possible to re-open these facilities.” 
 
At the same time, the Corps has received a portion of the funding to address some of the hazardous shoreline at Old Federal Campground, which has been closed this year due to excessive erosion. 
“Work on Old Federal, including storm cleanup and remediation of the severe erosion, will begin this fall as well,” Rainey said. “It is our hope we can reopen at least portions of the campground by the 2021 season.”
 
Trees and limbs that have fallen on Corps property adjacent to individual homeowner’s land require a permit from to the Corps to be removed. 
 
“Please report any trees posing a threat to public safety or property to the Corps,” he said.
 
Park re-openings will be announced on the Corps’ Facebook page. For more info call the project management office at 770 945-9531.

Posted online 8/28/20
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